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0701-10 New York Times Crossword Answers 1 Jul 10

The name's William Ernest Butler, but please call me Bill. I grew up in Ireland, but now live out here in the San Francisco Bay Area. I'm retired now, from technology businesses that took our family all over the world. I answer all emails, so please feel free to email me at, or leave a comment below. If you are working on the New York Times crossword in any other publication, you are working on the syndicated puzzle. Here is a link to my answers to today's SYNDICATED New York Times crossword. To find any solution other than today's, enter the crossword number (e.g. 1225, 0107) in the "Search the Blog" box above.

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THEME: OVER & UNDER ... some answers are two words, one being over the other in the grid. OVER or UNDER is included in the resulting, complete answer e.g. EGGS (OVER) EASY, LONDON (UNDER)GROUND

1. With 14-Across, breakfast order? : EGGS
14. See 1-Across : EASY

London Underground (Sign) Art Poster Print - 24x368. See 16-Across : GROUND
16. With 8-Across, world's oldest subway system? : LONDON

The name "London Underground" is a little deceptive, as over half of the track system-wide is actually "over ground", with the underground sections reserved for the central areas. It is the oldest subway system in the world, opening in 1863. It was also the first system to use electric rolling stock, in 1890. "The Tube", as it is known by Londoners, isn't the longest subway system in the world though. That honor belongs to the Shanghai Metro. My favorite part of the Tube? The tube map! It is a marvel of design ...

Romanian Money (50 Leu) Art Poster Print - 13x1915. Romanian "dollars" : LEI
The currency of Romania is the leu (plural: lei), a word meaning "lion". The leu is also the name of the currency of neighboring Moldova. Romania joined the European Union in 2007, and is planning on moving to the Euro in 2014.

19. Pontiac, for one : OTTAWA
Chief Pontiac was a leader of the Ottawa people in the 1700s. He is most famously associated with the fight against the British (called Pontiac's Rebellion) after they emerged victorious from the French and Indian War. The most noted action during the rebellion was the attack led by Pontiac on Fort Detroit, and the subsequent siege. Although the siege was unsuccessful, it served to unite the local Native American peoples in the fight.

ADSENSE - The Dollar Producing Factory - Make Money Through The Internet Doing Almost Nothing! The Secret: Googles Online Advertising Program! Mission-Surf20. ___ by Google : ADS
You'll see a few "Ads By Google" around the edges of this blog. They help to cover the costs of publication. Google collects "ad space" from site owners like me, and then sells that space to advertisers. When someone clicks on an ad, Google collects a small fee from the advertiser (usually fractions of a penny). Whatever is collected, Google splits with the site owner. At fractions of a penny per click, I won't be getting too rich from it ...

22. "Left!" : HAW
"Haw!" is a command given to a trained animal that is hauling something (like a horse or an ox), to turn to the left. The equivalent command for a right turn is "Gee!"

32. Good cholesterol, for short : HDL
HDL (High-density lipoprotein) is a chemical that is used to transport fats around the body. When HDL is combined with (is transporting) cholesterol, it is often called "good cholesterol". This is because HDL seems to remove cholesterol from where it should not be, say on the wall of arteries, and transports it to the liver for re-use or disposal. Important stuff ...

33. Raccoon relative : COATI
A coati is a member of the raccoon family, and is also known as the Brazilian aardvark, or the snookum bear. They are native to Central and South America, but can be found in the southwest of the Untied States.

Titleist Pro V1 AAA Recycled Golf Balls (36 Pack)34. With 42-Across, bogey? : ONE
42. See 34-Across and 45-Across : PAR

The term Bogey originated at the Great Yarmouth Golf Club in England, in 1890, and was used to indicate a total round that was one over par. The name Bogey came from a music hall song of the time "Here Comes the Bogey Man". In the following years it became popular for players trying to stay at par to be "playing against Colonel Bogey". Then, during WWI, the marching tune "Colonel Bogey" was written, and named after the golfing term. If you don't recognize the name of the tune, it's the one that's whistled by the soldiers marching in the great movie "The Bridge on the River Kwai".

43. Coconut oil source : COPRA
Copra is the dried "meat" of the coconut. Surprisingly, copra is forbidden on a plane in any quantity, as it can spontaneously burst into flame.

These Eyes44. "___ Eyes" (1969 hit) : THESE
"These Eyes" was a 1969 hit for the Canadian rock band, the Guess Who.

42. See 34-Across and 45-Across : PAR
45. With 42-Across, birdie? : ONE

Apparently the term "birdie" originated in 1899 at the Atlantic City Country Club in Northfield, New Jersey. A golfer hit his second shot on a par four that stopped inches from the cup after hitting a bird in flight. The golfer tapped the ball in for one under par, and his golfing buddies labeled the second shot a "bird". The golfers started to call one under par a birdie, and the term spread through the club, and from there, around the world ...

World Cup Replica Trophy - 80mm-One Size47. Winner of the first World Cup: Abbr. : URU
Uruguay won the soccer gold medals at both the 1924 and 1928 Olympic tournaments. When Jules Rimet, the president of soccer's international governing body decided to start an international tournament outside of the Olympics, it was decided to give Uruguay the honor of hosting the first competition, in 1930. Sure enough, Uruguay emerged victorious as the first World Cup winners. Sadly, Uruguay haven't won since.

54. Entry at a hippodrome : TROTTER
A trotter (a horse trained for harness racing) could compete in a hippodrome (a racetrack). The word "hippodrome" comes from the Greek "hippos" (horse) and "dromos" (racetrack).

Saturday Night Live - The Best of Eddie Murphy (Bonus Edition)58. Longtime TV inits. : SNL
NBC first aired a form of "Saturday Night Live" in 1975, under the title "NBC's Saturday night". The show was created in the first place in order to give Johnny Carson some time off from "The Tonight Show". In those days, "The Tonight Show" has a weekend episode, and Carson convinced NBC to pull the Saturday or Sunday episodes and hold them for weeknights in which Carson was taking a break. NBC turned to Lorne Michaels and asked him to pull together a variety show to fill the vacant slot.

59. 15th-century pontiff who was the only pope to write an autobiography : PIUS II
Pope Pius II was in charge of the Roman Catholic church from 1458 until he dies in 1464. Pope Pius II wrote lots of books, and his most enduring title is "Commentaries", a 13-volume work that was his autobiography. It was published long after his death, in 1584.

The Terminator [Blu-ray]61. Weapon in "The Terminator" : UZI
1984's "The Terminator" was directed by James Cameron, and starred Arnold Schwarzenegger. It was a relatively low-budget film, costing $6.4 million. yet it grossed $78 million worldwide. For comparison, "Terminator 3" cost $170 million in 2003.

63. Confidante, say : AMIE
In France a female friend (amie) might be a confidante.

Ron Moody B&W Matte Photograph (12x12 Inches)68. Actor Moody of "Oliver!" : RON
If you've seen the great 1968 musical film "Oliver!", you'll remember the colorful character Fagan. Fagan was played masterfully by the veteran English actor, Ron Moody. Moddy had previously played the role in the stage version in London's West End.

69. With 72-Across, motto of a fitness trainer? : MIND
72. See 69-Across : BODY

67. See 70-Across : ARREST
70. With 67-Across, dreaded words from a cop? : YOU ARE

1. Result of a certain med. test : EEG
An electroencephalogram is a record of electrical activity caused by the firing of neurons within the brain. The EEG is used to diagnose epilepsy, as well as to determine if a patient is "brain dead".

Season of the Gar: Adventures in Pursuit of America’s Most Misunderstood Fish2. Long-nosed fish : GAR
Gar was originally the name given to a species of needlefish found in the North Atlantic. The term Gar is now used to describe several species of fish with elongated bodies that inhabit North and Central America and the Caribbean. Gar are unusual in that they are often found in very brackish water. What is interesting about them is that their swim bladders are vascularised so that they can actually function as lungs. So, many species of Gar can be seen coming to the surface and taking a gulp of air. This adaptation makes it possible for them to live in conditions highly unsuitable for other fish that must rely on their gills to get oxygen. Indeed, quite interesting …

3. Govt. office supplier : GSA
The Government's General Services Administration, as the name suggests, provides general services to other federal agencies. So for example, it manages office space for the other agencies, and transportation.

4. Lovers of luxury : SYBARITES
A sybarite is a person devoted to pleasure and luxury. The term is derived from Sybaris, an Ancient Greek city which was extremely wealthy, so that the city's inhabitants, the Sybarites, were known for their love of the good life.

5. Parisian palace : ELYSEE
The Elysee Palace is the official residence of the French President, and is near the Champs-Elysees in Paris. In the 1800s, there used to be a tunnel between the Elysee Palace and the nearby Tuileries Palace, a tunnel used quite often by Napoleon Bonaparte. While Napoleon lived in the Tuileries Palace, he would meet his mistresses in the Elysee Palace. Ever the soul of discretion ...

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland6. What the Mad Hatter pours on the Dormouse to wake it up : TEA
In Lewis Carroll's "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland", the Mad Hatter makes his first appearance in a chapter called "A Mad Tea-Party". This even is usually described as "The Mad Hatter's Tea Party", even though the Mad Hatter was just a guest. The host was the March Hare.

7. Turban wearer : SIKH
Sikhs do not cut their hair, as each hair has a nerve attached to the follicle. Sikhs regard the hair as an integral part of the body that should be respected. Sikh men tie up their hair and wear it under a turban. This is causing a problem in Oregon where a law was passed recently banning the wearing of turbans by teachers and government officials.

11. One of a Western political family : UDALL
The Udall family has been in American politics for over one hundred years, active in Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and Oregon. The patriarch of the clan was David King Udall, from St. Louis, Missouri. David Udall has three direct descendants in the US Senate: Senator Gordon Smith (Rep - Oregon), Senator Tom Udall (Dem - New Mexico) and Senator Mark Udall (Dem - Colorado).

C.S.I. Crime Scene Investigation - The Complete Second Season13. "CSI" topic, often : DNA
CSI gets a lot of criticism from the law enforcement agencies for its unrealistic portrayal of the procedures and science of criminal investigation. I don't care though. It's a fun show to watch.

25. Coin in "The Merchant of Venice" : DUCAT
Famously, at the climax of William Shakespeare's "The Merchant of Venice", Antonio goes on trial because he cannot repay a loan to Shylock of 3,000 ducats. Faced with non-payment, Shylock demands his legal right to "a pound of flesh".

26. Eocene, e.g. : EPOCH
The Eocene Epoch lasted from 56 to 34 million years ago, and is noted for the emergence of the first mammals on the planet.

28. Classless group? : DROPOUTS
Kids who drop out of school don't attend to class.

35. Tandoori-baked bread : NAN
Nan is a delicious flat-bread served with my favorite ethnic food. I am very partial to nan with aloo gobi, one of the most delicious of Indian dishes.

The Imagineering Field Guide to Epcot at Walt Disney World38. Florida tourist attraction : EPCOT
EPCOT Center (now just called Epcot) is the theme park beside Walt Disney World in Florida. EPCOT is an acronym for Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow, and is a representation of the future as envisioned by Walt Disney. Walt Disney actually wanted to build a living community for 20,000 residents, but he passed away before that vision could be realized.

48. Many an Australian bird : RATITE
Ratites are species of birds that cannot fly. Ratites are different physiologically than other birds in that they have nowhere on their sternum to attach the muscles needed for flight.

50. "Twelfth Night" duke : ORSINO
William Shakespeare wrote his comedy "Twelfth Night" as a Christmas entertainment (Twelfth Night being the end of the Christmas season).

Spiro Agnew and Richard Nixon by TIME Magazine. Size 11.00 X 14.00 Art Poster Print51. Dick's partner : SPIRO
Spiro Agnew served as Vice-President under Richard Nixon, before becoming the only VP in history to have to resign because of criminal charges (a bribery scandal).

52. Pacific republic : NAURU
Nauru is the world's smallest island nation, located in the South Pacific 300 km to the east of Kiribati. The island was taken as a colony by Germany in the late 1800s, and came under the administration of Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom after WWI. The Japanese invaded during WWII, but Nauru was one of the islands that was bypassed in the US advance across the Pacific towards Japan. Nauru achieved independence in 1968.

57. Mathematician Gödel : KURT
Kurt Godel won the first Albert Enstein Award, along with Julian Schwinger.

62. Morning ___ (radio format) : ZOO
That wacky radio broadcasting that is so prevalent in the mornings is called "morning zoo". The format originated in Dallas, Texas at station KZEW-FM, with a show called "The LaBella and Rody Show". KZEW-FM was already known as "the zoo", so the show soon got the monicker, "the morning zoo".

64. Puccini's "O ___ babbino caro" : MIO
"O mio babbino caro" is a really beautiful aria from Giacomo Puccini's opera "Gianni Schicchi".

Edys: Rich & Creamy Grand Vanilla Chocolate Ice Cream Pack of 366. Joseph who co-founded an ice cream company : EDY
Dreyer's ice cream sells it's products under the name Dreyers in Western United States, and Edy's in the Eastern states.

0630-10 New York Times Crossword Answers 30 Jun 10

The name's William Ernest Butler, but please call me Bill. I grew up in Ireland, but now live out here in the San Francisco Bay Area. I'm retired now, from technology businesses that took our family all over the world. I answer all emails, so please feel free to email me at, or leave a comment below. If you are working on the New York Times crossword in any other publication, you are working on the syndicated puzzle. Here is a link to my answers to today's SYNDICATED New York Times crossword. To find any solution other than today's, enter the crossword number (e.g. 1225, 0107) in the "Search the Blog" box above.

This is my solution to the crossword published in the New York Times today ...

THEME: Cryptic Entertainers ... each of the theme answers is a well known, two-part term, with the last part being an entertainer

I've Heard That Song Before: Hits of Harry James1. Harry James's "___ the Craziest Dream" : I HAD
Harry James was a very popular bandleader, particularly in the swing era. After a stint with Benny Goodman's orchestra, Harry James set up his own band based in Philadelphia. One member of his band, back in 1939, was a vocalist that James wanted to rename as Frankie Satin, but the singer decided to hold onto his own name, Frank Sinatra.

"I Had the Craziest Dream" was published in 1942, and played by Harry James and his orchestra in the Betty Grable movie released that year, "Springtime in the Rockies".

Rose Tree Summerton European Sham9. Bedding item : SHAM
A sham is something that is imitation, fake. In the world of bed linens, a sham is also imitation and fake, in the sense that it is a decorative cover designed to cover up a regular pillow used for sleeping.

Marisa Tomei Color Matte Photograph - 12x12 Inches13. Marisa of "The Wrestler" : TOMEI
Marisa Tomei's first screen role was in "As the World Turns", but her break was a recurring role in "The Cosby Show" spin-off "A Different World". She won an Oscar for her delightful performance in "My Cousin Vinny" in 1992.

"The Wrestler" is a really hard and gritty movie from 2008, a comeback film for actor Mickey Rourke. Rourke stars as an over-the-hill professional wrestler, with Marisa Tomei playing a faded stripper, the love interest. The film received really strong reviews, but it's a tough movie to watch (I found).

Fathead Georgetown Hoyas Logo Wall Decal15. Georgetown athlete : HOYA
The athletic teams of Georgetown University are known as the Hoyas. The name is derived from a traditional "cheer" yelled out at Georgetown games, as far back as 1893: "Hoya Saxa". The term is a mixture of Greek and Latin, with the Greek word "hoya" meaning "such" or "what", and "saxa" translating from Latin as "rocks" or "small stones". The cheer is usually rendered into English as "what rocks!".

16. Rabbit punch target : NAPE
The rabbit punch, a blow to the nape of the neck, is illegal in boxing because it so dangerous. It can damage the vertebrae of the neck, and ultimately the spinal cord. The punch is named after the practice used by hunters to kill trapped rabbits, rendering a sharp strike to the back of the neck.

You Were Meant for Me / Cold Song / Rocker17. Conk the "You Were Meant for Me" singer? : CROWN JEWEL
Conk (CROWN) the "You Were Meant for Me" singer (JEWEL) = CROWN JEWEL

The singer Jewel's full name is Jewel Kilcher. She is married to nine-time world champion rodeo cowboy, Ty Murray. You might have seen both of them on "Dancing with the Stars" not too long ago. As I recall, Jewel was meant to compete, but had to pull out at the last minute, so her hubby took her spot. He did surprisingly well!

21. Did improv : AD LIBBED
Ad libitum is a Latin phrase meaning "at one's pleasure". In common usage, the phrase is usually shortened to "ad lib". On the stage, the concept of an "ad lib" is very familiar. For example, an actor who substitutes his own words for forgotten lines uses an ad lib. Or, a director may instruct an actor to use her own words at a particular point in a performance, to promote a feeling of spontaneity.

A&E Biography23. Rogers and Bean : ROYS
Cowboy actor and singer Roy Rogers' real name was Leonard Franklin Slye.

Judge Roy Bean was an eccentric saloon-keeper and Justice of the Peace in the Wild West, and his full name was Phantly Roy Bean, Jr.

25. The "A" of A.D. : ANNO
The designations Anno Domini (AD) and Before Christ (BC) are found in the Julian and Gregorian calendars. The dividing point between AD and BC is the year of the conception of Jesus, with AD 1 following 1 BC, without a year "0" in between. The AD/BC scheme dates back to AD 525, and gained wide acceptance soon after AD 800. Nowadays, a modified version has become popular, with CE (Common/Christian Era) used to replace AD, and BCE (Before the Common/Christian Era) replacing BC.

33. Dernier ___ : CRI
The French phrase "dernier cri" translates literally as "the latest cry or scream", but is used to denote the latest fashion.

39. 1943 penny material : STEEL
During WWII there was a shortage of copper, so the US Mint switched to zinc-coated steel for production of one-cent coins in 1943. The coins had all sorts of problems in circulation, so the mint had to change again for the 1944-46 production, using a brass/copper alloy. For obvious reasons, the 1943 coin is called a "steelie", and is the only coin every issued by the US mint that can be picked up by a magnet.

41. Architect Saarinen : EERO
Eero Saarinen was a Finnish American architect, renowned in America for his unique designs for public buildings, such as Dulles International Airport Terminal, and the TWA building at JFK.

Sitar, Half size44. Instrument that's usually played cross-legged : SITAR
The sitar has been around since the Middle Ages. It is a stringed instrument that is played by plucking, and is used most often in Hindustani classical music. In the west we have been exposed to the sitar largely through the performances of Ravi Shankar, and some music by George Harrison, a one-time student of Shankar.

49. "Billy Budd" and "Of Mice and Men" : NOVELLAS
"Billy Budd" is a novella by American author Herman Melville, although he never actually finished it before he died in 1891.

"Of Mice and Men" is a novella written by American author John Steinbeck, published in 1937. The title comes from the famous poem by Robert Burns, "To a Mouse". The inspirational line is "The best-laid schemes o' mice an' men, gang aft agley."

Fila Men's Disruptor II Sneaker,White/Peacoat/VinRed,8.5 M52. Nike competitor : FILA
Fila was originally an Italian company, founded in 1911, but is now based in South Korea. Fila was started in Piedmont by the Fila brothers, primarily to make underwear for people living in the Italian Alps. The company started to focus on sportswear in the seventies, using tennis great Bjorn Borg as their major endorser.

57. Site of a 1976 South African uprising : SOWETO
Soweto is an urban are in the city of Johannesburg, South Africa. The name comes from SOuth WEstern TOwnship, a black township that was set up the days of apartheid South Africa. The Soweto Uprising took place in 1976, triggered by government policy forcing education in Afrikaans rather than English.

Let's Get It Started62. Scratch the "2 Legit 2 Quit" rapper? : CLAW HAMMER
Scratch (CLAW) the "2 Legit 2 Quit" rapper (HAMMER) = CLAW HAMMER

Rapper MC Hammer (aka Hammer and Hammertime) was born Stanley Kirk Burrell, and was very popular in the 80s and 90s. Being around that early, MC Hammer is considered to be one of the forefathers on rap. Nowadays, MC Hammer is a preacher, and uses the initials MC to stand for "Man of Christ".

67. Torah holders : ARKS
The Torah ark is found in a synagogue, and is the ornamental container in which are stored the Torah scrolls.

69. Defense grp. since 1949 : NATO
NATO is the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, or OTAN in French, l'Oganisation du traite de l'Atlantique Nord.

2. Dance done to "Hava Nagila" : HORA
The hora is circle dance that originated in the Balkans. It was brought to Israel by Romanian settlers, and is often performed to traditional Israeli folk songs. The hora (also horah) is a regular sight at Jewish weddings.

The Amos 'n' Andy Show, Vol. 13. Andy's partner in old radio : AMOS
"Amos 'n' Andy" was originally a radio sitcom that was on the air from the twenties right up to the fifties. It was about Amos Jones and Andy Brown, two farm workers from outside Atlanta, who head to Chicago to make good for themselves. They eventually start up the Fresh Air Taxi Company. The show was somewhat groundbreaking for the time, as it depicted African Americans for the first time in positions of influence as business owners. There was a TV adaptation that aired from 1951 to 1953, and in syndication right up to 1966. I have never seen/heard the show, but it sounds like it is a classic ...

Dewar Whisky Squire Simpson King Distillers Print 19114. White Label Scotch maker : DEWAR'S
Dewar's is a blended Scotch whisky introduced in 1846 by John Dewar. Dewar's White Label is the company's most popular Scotch, first created in 1899, with a taste that is described as "heather and honey". Dewar's also make some single malts, under the labels Aberfeldy 12 and Aberfeldy 21. Today, Dewar's is owned by Bacardi.

6. Early caucus state : IOWA
The Iowa caucuses have been the first major electoral event in the nominating process for President since 1972.

Barbara Bel Geddes B&W Matte Photograph - 12x12 Inches (Vertigo - Glasses)8. Miss Ellie's soap : DALLAS
Miss Ellie was the matriarch of the famed Ewing family, around which the TV series "Dallas" was written. For most of the series, Miss Ellie was played by Barbara Bel Geddes, and once in a TV movie of Dallas by Molly Hagan. Barbara Bel Geddes left the show in 1984, and was replaced by the much more famous Donna Reed. When Bel Geddes decided to return to the show the following year, Donna Reed was fired, much to her chagrin, and a law suit ensued.

Kiss From A Rose10. Protect the "Kiss From a Rose" singer from the cops? : HARBOR SEAL
Protect from the cops (HARBOR) the "Kiss From a Rose" singer (SEAL) = HARBOR SEAL

Seal is an English soul singer, of Nigerian and Brazilian descent. He has a famous wife, German model Heidi Klum.

Seal's song "Kiss From a Rose" was originally released in 1994, and re-released in 1995 when it was included in the soundtrack of the movie "Batman Forever".

11. Cathedral recess : APSE
The apse of a church or cathedral (or an oratory: a room for prayer) is a semicircular recess in an outer wall, usually with a half dome as a roof, and often where there resides an altar. Originally, apses were used as burial places for the clergy and also for important relics.

12. Drink in "Beowulf" : MEAD
"Beowulf" is an old epic poem from England, although the story is set in Scandinavia. There's a lot of drinking of mead in the poem, in mead-halls, sitting on mead-benches.

Fort Knox Bullion Depository: Historic Monuments14. Bars at Fort Knox : INGOTS
Fort Knox is actually a US Army base, but it gives its name to the adjacent facility, the United States Bullion Depository. Most of the US gold reserves are in Fort Knox, although it isn't the biggest repository in the US. That honor goes to the vault under the Federal Reserve Bank of New York in Manhattan. Most of the gold stored in that vault belongs to foreign nations and banks.

22. Quechua speaker : INCA
Quechua was the existing Native American language that was adopted and by the Incan Empire and favored over other dialects. Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro discovered the Incas in 1526, the beginning of the end for the ancient civilization, ravaged by force and by imported smallpox.

27. "Three Sisters" sister : IRINA
Anton Chekhov wrote his play "Three Sisters" using as his inspiration the lives of the three Bronte sisters and their brother. Irina is the youngest of the sisters.

Get the Party Started - Australia28. Amuse the "Get the Party Started" singer? : TICKLE PINK
Amuse (TICKLE) the "Get the Party Started" singer (PINK) = TICKLE PINK

Pink is the stage name of American singer Alecia Beth Moore.

29. Oktoberfest memento : STEIN
Oktoberfest is a 16-day beer festival in Munich that actually starts in September. About six million people attend every year, making it the largest fair in the world. I've been there twice ... it is a great party ...

31. Singer of the "Casta diva" aria : NORMA
"Norma" is an opera written by Vincenzo Bellini, first performed in 1831. The aria "Casta diva" was one of the most popular arias in the 1800s.

Periodic Table of the Elements Cheap Chart (Cheap Charts)38. Mendeleev's tabulation : ELEMENTS
Dmitri Mendeleev was a Russian chemist. When he classified elements according to their chemical properties, he noticed patterns and was able to group elements into his famous 1869 Periodic Table. So powerful was his table, that he was able to predict the properties of elements that had not even been discovered in 1869. Appropriately enough, element number 101, mendelevium, was named after Mendeleev.

Very Hungry Caterpillar43. Children's author Carle : ERIC
Eric Carle's most famous title is "The Very Hungry Caterpillar".

45. Do a musketeer's job : RELOAD
A musketeer was an infantry soldier who was equipped with a musket. Funnily enough, Alexander Dumas' "Three Musketeers" really didn't use muskets. They were pretty good with swords though.

48. IHOP servings : STACKS
The International House of Pancakes was founded in 1958, with the first restaurant located in Toluca Lake, Los Angeles.

Wyatt Earp: The Life Behind the Legend50. Wyatt Earp, e.g. : LAWMAN
Wyatt Earp participated in what has to be the most famous gunfight in the history of the Old West, the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral, in Tombstone, Arizona. Strangely enough, the fight didn't happen at the O.K. Corral, but happened six doors down the street in a vacant lot next to a photography studio.

54. River through Flanders : YSER
The Yser originates in northern France, and flows though Belgium into the North Sea.

The Tate Modern Handbook56. ___ Modern (London gallery) : TATE
The Tate Modern (as opposed to the original Tate Gallery) lies on the banks of the Thames in London. It's a beautiful building, a converted power station, that you have to see to believe.

58. Austen classic : EMMA
"Emma" is just a wonderful novel by Jane Austen, first published in 1815. I had the privilege a few years ago of attending the premier of "Emma", a delightful musical adaptation for the stage. If you ever get the chance to see it, I highly recommend it ...

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I do the New York Times puzzle online every evening, the night before it is published in the paper. Then, I "Google & Wiki" the references that puzzle me, or that I find of interest. I post my findings, along with the solution, as soon as I am done, usually well before the newsprint version becomes available.

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